The Problem with Infinite Regress

Not every infinite regress is impossible.

Those that are usually are in some respect, though not in others. Forwarded e-mails are a good example. There’s no limit to the number of times that an e-mail can be forwarded before it gets to you. In this sense, one can have an infinite regress. But “to be forwarded’ is a way of being after, and since it is impossible that all things be after, it is impossible that all be forwarded. In this sense, there must be a beginning of the series, some “before” that corresponds to the “after”.

In the proofs for the existence of God, there is the added difficulty in allowing for infinite regress: for causes as such are simultaneous whereas in our e-mail example there is a temporal series and a causal series.  

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